You Can Leave Your Cap On and recycle more!
Bedford Borough Council is launching a campaign to
encourage local residents to recycle the aluminium screw tops along
with their glass bottles.
The campaign has been designed to increase the recycling of
aluminium screw tops and collars by encouraging people to screw the
tops back onto the empty glass bottles before dropping the bottle
and the top off at one of the many recycling bottle banks located
throughout the borough. They are then taken away together before
being separated for recycling.
The campaign highlights the importance of recycling the
aluminium closures as, like all aluminium and glass packaging they
are 100% recyclable; so every screw top and bottle deposited in a
bottle bank can be transformed into something new, including more
bottles, drink cans, mobile phones and even cars.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are committed
to reducing the amount of waste needlessly sent to landfill and
this includes encouraging local residents to recycle as much as
“Although screw tops are very small their recycling potential is
enormous. The vast majority of screw tops are made from aluminium
which means they can be recycled over and over again!
“Local residents can recycle even more by screwing the top back
onto the empty bottle and dropping it in their local bottle
Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the Aluminium Packaging
Recycling Organisation (Alupro) said: “The market for aluminium
bottle closures is growing rapidly, particularly for wine bottles,
so it is important that we get in the habit of recycling them so
that the aluminium can be re-melted and re-used. Simply
screwing the top back on the empty bottle before recycling is the
simplest and easiest way for people to do their bit in recovering
this valuable, sustainable and recyclable material.”
So when you next recycle your empties from the night before,
remember “You Can Leave Your Cap On!”